Jack McClellan recorded two assists in the game, bringing his career total to four.
April 4, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Playing host to its third ranked opponent this season, the St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (1-9, 0-1 BIG EAST) fell to No. 17 Yale (6-3, 3-0 Ivy League) at home, 23-7, on Tuesday afternoon at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens, N.Y. This game marked the final non-conference tilt for the Red Storm this season.
Jason DeBenedictis recorded the eighth hat trick of his career in a three-point effort on eight shots, six of which were targeted on net. With these three goals, DeBenedictis now sits 20th all-time on the Red Storm’s scoring list with 79 career points on 53 goals and 26 assists. The junior attackman moved ahead of Russel Hilton (1988-89) who tallied 49 goals and 28 assists during his time with the Johnnies.
Senior LSM Jack McClellan netted two assists in the contest, giving him four assists on the year and in his career.
Yale was led by a balanced attack that featured eight different student-athletes scoring two or more goals in the contest. Ben Reeves led the way for the Bulldogs with a six-point outing on four assists and two goals. Jackson Morrill was the game’s high-scorer with four goals and Matt Gaudet, Brendan Mackie and Jack Tigh each registered hat tricks.
St. John’s was unable to contain Yale’s high-powered attack, which entered the contest ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division I in goals per game. The Bulldogs outshot the Red Storm, 48-23, and picked up 46 groundballs in the contest. Yale also won 25-of-33 faceoffs.
In addition to DeBenedictis’ hat trick, Joe Madsen, Mike Madsen, Colin Duffy, Tom Stackpole and Corey Haynes found the back of the net once.
Duffy, J. Madsen, M. Madsen and Luke Roediger also assisted one goal in the contest.
The Red Storm returns to action this Saturday, April 8, at Marquette. The game will be played in Milwaukee, Wis., at 2 p.m. The remainder of the Red Storm’s schedule features BIG EAST matchups on each of the next four Saturday afternoons.
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